Synth Riders Review (PlayStation VR)

In our Synth Riders Review, we become the king of the dance floor! Swing, rock, experience fantastic music, and lose yourself in the rhythm while burning those calories. After an enormous success on PCVR and Oculus Quest, Synth Riders is ready to help you discover your inner dancer on PSVR.

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Synth Riders Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 2.11GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Rhythm action gameplay.
  • Tutorials for each game type and is all optional.
  • Synthwave and cyberpunk heavy sound packs.
  • You have spheres on your hands and you just have to hit the markers, not swing your arms but just hit the markers.
  • 17 arenas to play in.
  • Set your height and can easily and quickly be changed for other players.
  • Two Move controllers are used but it does have a one-handed option.
  • Settings – the most I have ever seen in a VR game! You can set if it does flashing, movement type, sphere colors, height, obstacles, and more.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Difficulty dictates the speed and number of markers in a song.
  • You feel like you are dancing!
  • Rails – follow the rail to score big.
  • Excellent flow to the game.
  • It Burns calories like no one’s business.
  • Water – set a pause for a water break which on its own is awesome.
  • You can set what stage you play on every time.
  • A full breakdown of performance after a song.
  • Special sections will have you changing a sphere color or putting your hands together.
  • Combo and multiplier counter.
  • Hud can be fully customized to show what you want or don’t want like time left, combos, multipliers, and more.
  • The noise that plays at the end of the special section sounds just like He – Man’s sword of power when he uses it.
  • Two game modes – solo or party mode.
  • Five difficulties- easy, normal, hard, expert, and master.
  • Practice is available on every song.
  • The main menu background can be changed and is a fully animated backdrop.
  • Experiences – select songs have special experiences where they will have special or set effects and level actions.
  • Modifiers for marker size, invisible spheres, no way to lose.

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Synth Riders Review Cons:

  • Music is something you either love or hate.
  • The slight learning curve with the way you just move your hands and don’t have to hit the markers.
  • No single-player campaign mode or anything just picks a song and go.
  • No custom songs all though this is more a PlayStation limitation I believe.
  • Experiences are not for everyone as it can and usually does add motion.
  • It feels like it’s missing something.

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Synth Riders:

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Developer: klugeinteractive

Publisher: klugeinteractive

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PlayStation

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

We have had a lot of Rythm action games, it makes sense as they suit the VR environment. Enter Synth Riders and we have a game that has innovated and crafted itself a niche in an otherwise crowded genre. You play with two spheres on your ha ds and must hit/line up with the matching markers in tune to the music. It gets crazy and kinda unique with the way you keep the flow going, rails will appear and to do these you just line up the initial marker and follow the rail! It is best described as the parts in Guitar Hero where you hold the key down and it allows you to strum off. Having the markers in close proximity without the physical need to “hit” the markers means all the actions are fluid and make you feel like you are dancing. I can confirm you are not dancing and I have video evidence that you are still acting a prat, but you know what? You are having a lot of fun and burning a lot and I mean a lot of calories in the process. Synth Riders is a lot of fun and a dam good work out but and this is purely personal, I don’t like the music all that much. I play these games to get a workout but I like my music to push me or spur me on, again it’s just me and I feel shitty for saying it but it’s not my kind of music and it really makes playing the game hard to enjoy. Back to it and innovation wise and especially settings wise, Synth Riders excels past many of the giants in the genre but with no solo play campaign style mode and music that is not for me, Synth Riders is a game you will love if you love the music otherwise its a case of praying for other music packs. Music aside this is still one seriously impressive game with a good way to get fit!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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